California Court Records

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California Court Records Search

The Supreme Court, Superior Courts, and the Court of Appeal of California are the important courts which keep California court records of all types. The Supreme Court acts as appellate court statewide. It has a Family History Library with copies of defendant and plaintiff indexes for documents of cases from the supreme court from the year 1850 to 1930. The Court of Appeal works as an intermediate appellate court for the entire state.

The Superior Courts hold countrywide jurisdiction for all criminal and civil cases including juvenile and criminal cases. The Superior courts appeals from municipal courts and citywide justice courts. In the state of California, it is these Superior Courts that have replaced District Courts. They hold court record attachments for different counties. The original court documents are stored in different city courthouses and counties. You can find indexes and records at the State Archives of California for older information.

Official California Court Records

You can always come into the California courthouses and have the staff do a search, for which you will need to provide the CA court case number, case title, and case name of the documents that have been requested. You have to also provide the file date of the documents as well. If you think you cannot provide all of these particulars, you will have to pay a search fee. If the clerk at the courthouse hands you a copy of the case record you were looking for, it will cost you $0.50.

All copies of pleadings must be obtained at a CA courthouse where a case was filed. You can do this in person or via mailing on request, you must also provide a self addressed and stamped envelope along with it so that the documents can be sent back to you.

California Court Records By Mail

If you request the case record copies to be sent to you by mail, you must make your check payable to the Superior Court. If you do not know the fee, you can write a check where you can leave out the amount part blank. You must also indicate in the dollar section exactly how much amount should not be exceeded from. This depends on the cost you anticipate will be charged. A few other things that you must provide include full names of parties, the titles of the documents that you have requested, and the date on which these particular documents were filed, only if you know the date. It makes the process efficient and there are better chances of finding the criminal or court records you are looking for.

California Court Record Transcripts

Either an electronic tape is used to record the proceedings of the court, or a court reporter recorded them. In any case depending on the recording of a specific proceeding, you can request either a copy or a paper transcript of an electronic recording.

California Court Records

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  1. squarryadministrator says:

    Margie, unfortunately we could not locate the CA court documents you are looking for. These are very old court records that may not have been digitally transcribed for online access. That said, you can also try looking up California Newspaper Archives to see if anything was published on this California court case

  2. Margie Eden says:

    I’m looking into a very old court case On William H. Molkentin D.O.B.Sept. 21,1884 in N.J. He lived in California in 1920-1933 could be longer. His 19402 william molkentin violg Sec 288, PC assigned to Dept ^ on dec 22 19402 william Violg Sec 288 PC def. order to Dentention Hospital. wanted to know if I could get a copy of what happen in the case. He is my Grandfather Charles Molkentin brother .Hope you can help me with the outcome of what happen to him.

    Thank You, Margie Molkentin- Eden

  3. Mcdonald Giron cantor says:

    My name is Mcdonald Giron Cantor why is there a 37 and a 40 year old in may 2021 i turned 38.. My first name is Mcdonald my last name is Giron my mothers maiden is Cantor.
    Also im checking for any police records in the county of san bernardino california as well as any court records investigations if its possible

  4. squarryadministrator says:

    Bettie, unfortunately we won’t have any complaint related information if it’s an ongoing or speculative California court case. You may want to reach out to the clerk of the court in the San Diego county courthouse to inquire about the apartment complex you mentioned

  5. Bettie Palmer says:

    how do i find out if any suits have been filed against an apartment complex in San Diego,CA

  6. squarryadministrator says:

    Elizabeth, we are happy to run a California court record lookup for you for reference. We’ll need to know your full name and age to proceed. If you need a copy of your actual CA court record then you will need to contact the clerk of the court in the county where you have such record.

  7. Elizabeth Mourton says:

    I looked up my record and said I have a charge in 1999 and I didn\’t live in California in that year I would like a copy of my record there

  8. squarryadministrator says:

    Mercedes, child protective court records are not a California public record so you will need to reach out to the relevant courthouse clerk and make your request with them. All juvenile and child court records are sealed and are not accessible by the public. This is the case for every state in the USA

  9. Mercedes Guadalupe Castaneda says:

    Is there a way I can get my court reports from when I entered the Santa Cruz County child protective services

  10. squarryadministrator says:

    Rhonda, we are happy to search our California court records database for you. We’ll need the full name and age of the person in question and we’ll let you know what we find for San Bernadino superior court records.

  11. Ronda J. Gentry says:

    Is there a way to find public records online for superior court in san Bernardino county? I also would like to see police reports if that is available?

  12. squarryadministrator says:

    Phyllis, it’s understandable that you’re upset but unfortunately there is nothing we can directly assist you with. We are merely a public records website. You may want to consult another California attorney to find out what your rights are. It is illegal for someone to harass you and there might be a way to mitigate your situation that another lawyer or law firm can assist you with.

  13. Phyllis Ray says:

    I have an attorney\’s office threatening me. The case # is 595720-06. Their # is (626) 572-9421. The name of their firm is Tristan & McLarry. Her name is Natalia. They are also contacting my relatives. This started because I refused to cash/ deposit a fraudulent check from Select Health. Please help me.

  14. squarryadministrator says:

    Unfortunately Richard, we do not have the ability to lookup California court records from an ongoing Probate Court Case. Your might want to contact the courthouse clerk and inquire with them about the probate process and how much longer this will take.

  15. RIichard Tinker DiLella says:

    Wondering what is taking so long with finishing up the probate case with my Grandfather Grant Tinker (R.I.P.) and his horible excuse of a human being widow Brooke Knapp. Everyone came to an agreement weeks ago. Still waiting for Judges signature.

  16. squarryadministrator says:

    Your best option to obtain a copy of a California Dismissed Court Case is to contact the California courthouse, where your court case was heard, and talk to the courthouse clerk. They will be able to assist you with a copy of your dismissed CA court case.

    That being said we did find a California court case that was traffic related. The CA court case ID is M685423HALSAD

    Lookup a Dismissed California Court Case

    1. Contact the relevant courthouse clerk
    2. Request a copy of a dismissed court case
    3. Show proof of a government issued photo ID
    4. Pay the fee for a copy of the dismissed cour case
    5. Processing by mail might take several weeks

  17. Sada Hall says:

    Im trying to located and get a copy of an old case that was dismissed. It happened in los Angeles ca in April of 2007.

  18. squarryadministrator says:

    Thankyou for sharing and we completely understand that you want to get a hold of this person yet remain anonymous. We ran a California inmate search and did not find any specific information, such as location or contact information, for the California inmate you mentioned. We did find his California criminal records but not any specific information that might help you contact him. You might want to reach out to the California Department of Corrections website and use their Free California Offender Search to locate the whereabouts of the person in question. We have included a link below to better assist you. Please reach out if there are any additional California court records or California public records we can assist you with.

    Click Here to Use the California Department of Corrections Free Inmate Search

  19. Lyndell says:

    Looking for the location and Inmate number for Harry Lavon Rowley. I am a victim of his child abuse back in 1983. I want to write him and tell him that I forgive him. BUT! I do not want him to know where I am or how to get ahold of me. I need to forgive him for my healing purposes.

  20. squarryadministrator says:

    We don’t have any record of David Chance being release from San Quinten prison. You can visit the California Department of Corrections website and lookup an inmates location with a first and last name or DOC number.

  21. Jenn says:

    I would like to know if David B. CHANCE was ever released from San Quinten prison. And if so where he might be located?

  22. squarryadministrator says:

    We are happy to assist you with locating a California court record or court case information. However, if you are looking for a background check for employment verification we cannot assist you unfortunately. Our California public record resources are for online reference only and cannot be used for employment hiring, employment verification, tenant screening or security clearances. That being said, you might consider companies like as they offer FCRA certified services that can be used for employment verification in California.

  23. Georgia Kay Langdon says:

    Looking for employment verification & phone #

  24. squarryadministrator says:

    In order to get a copy of your California Divorce Papers you will need to contact the superior court where your California divorce decree was filed.

    Get a Copy of California Divorce Papers

    1. Visit the superior court where your divorce was filed
    2. Request a copy of your divorce certificate from the court clerk
    3. Pay the $15 for the fee. Processing times may take a few months

  25. elena joseph says:

    I like to know the divorce papers of raul a aguero

  26. squarryadministrator says:

    Unfortunately we don’t have the lien information for vehicles in our California vehicle record database. You best bet would be to contact the California DMV and request a vehicle lien record search.

  27. Sharon says:

    Request if their is a Lien on land 9565 Buttemere Road, Calif, 92371


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